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Political activity goes into a quiet mode next week
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Expats know that Costa Rican officias are taking the general election seriously when they prohibit soccer games the Saturday before and the Sunday that is election day Feb. 2. Soccer is sacred, but the democratic process even trumps the sacred in Costa Rica.

As is usually the case, the Tribunal Supremo de Elecciones also has outlawed events that attract crowds. The ruling also covers concerts and other organized activities. The idea is to keep the streets clear so voters can go to the polls.

The Tribunal announcement said that 31 different sports federations have been notified of the restrictions as well as the 81 cantons and various government agencies that might be putting on activities like the Ministerio de Cultura y Juventud.

There also will not be any political street rallies. The Tribunal prohibits such activities starting Monday through the Sunday election. But political parties usually have the right to set up tents and informational booths outside the individual voting locations as voters go to the polls.

The Tribunal also outlaws publicity and the publication of opinion poll results starting Thursday until the Tribunal itself has met Sunday night after the voting.

All the restrictions will be in force again the first week in April if the presidential elections have to go to a second round. That voting date is April 6.

Some expats might find it a relief not to have campaign ads on television Thursday, Friday and
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Saturday. The prohibition prevents sneaky last
minute emotional appeals which the opposing candidates do not have the time to counter.

The prohibition on poll results even extends to mock votes held for children as well as exit polls on election day.

This year the Tribunal said that the prohibitions extend to the Internet and to social networks.


A sure election bet: There will be more and new taxes
By the A.M. Cost Rica staff

Whoever is elected this year will have two choices. He can aggressively tackle the soaring national budget deficit, or he can do what other presidents have done: little or nothing and borrow more to pay bills.

A president with vision and the political will needs to raise about $5.8 billion in new revenue to balance the budget. That would mean new taxes, assessments or some other money-raising scheme to extract an average of about $1,320 more from every Costa Rican man, woman or child.

An analysis of the news

Costa Rica officials like to talk about budget expenses in terms of percentage of gross domestic product. That is because in the past the colon changed value every day. Now that the colon is more stable, percentages still are more acceptable politically than raw numbers.

Finance ministry workers also like to use percentages. They report that the 2014 national deficit is about 42.7 percent of the budget.

To say the deficit this year is $5.7 billion cause jaws to drop.

Edgar Ayales, the finance minister, outlined a plan Wednesday to eliminate the annual deficit in five to six years. He also spoke in percentages because proposing to raise $5.7 billion more in revenue each year is not very political.

To his credit Ayales spoke of a smooth transition and a reduction of expenses at the same time. To do what he proposes requires extensive change in the country's financial laws as well as what the minister called discipline.

There is no way to reach this goal without creating new or collecting increased taxes that average to more than $1,000 per person a year. And even that does not pay off a single dollar of accrued debt.
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Expats can be pretty sure that the new  administration at least will propose a value-added tax. Such taxes that are levied at every step in the production process generates more income than a straight sales tax, in part because merchants have a greater incentive to report the sale so they can be reimbursed for the taxes they have paid. So this cuts down on evasion.

Expats also can be pretty sure that the value-added tax will be higher than the current 13 percent sales tax, and it will apply to many more transactions, such as services. And they can be sure that it affects disproportionally those who have money.

Such a tax might be the first step because it is easier to sell to the public. President Laura Chinchilla failed in an effort to pass news taxes because the legislative package was too complex and wide ranging.

Depending on who is elected, the current legislature might be asked to approve new taxes before its term expires May 1.

An A.M. Costa Rica news story Thursday understated the amount of the national deficit due to a computational error. It also said that the deficit was more than 40 percent of the national budget. The Ministerio de Hacienda gives the figures as 42.7 percent.

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In a global landscape where English dominates every setting from business meetings to social messaging, Costa Ricans are lagging behind the pack. The country's residents, along with the rest of Latin Americans, seem stuck in neutral when learning and speaking English, according to Education First's English Proficiency Index, which classifies the nation as one with low proficiency.

Ranking 37th out of the 60 qualifying countries, Costa Rican officials like Jorge Rodríguez from the Ministry of Economía, Industria, and Comercio have expressed concern.  Rodríguez, the director of international cooperation, stressed how vital understanding English is for the economy's future standing in the global marketplace.

“A high level of English can make a great difference in our economy,” he said. “Our country needs experts highly skilled in this area.”

Philip Johnson, the head of Education First, joined Rodríguez at the Crowne Plaza Corobicí to discuss the index ranking in front of local professors and students. Johnson has worked with the company for 20 years and said there is undoubtedly a correlation between a country's capability in English comprehension and it's competitiveness economically. Although Costa Rica ranks highest among Central American nations, it is performing below average internationally.

“For Costa Rica there is no bad news in the EPI,” Johnson said. “But there is a need for better news in the future.”

Since the first edition of the test in 2007, aspiring English speakers have failed to make much improvement, only raising the EPI score by 1.08 points to 50.23. Much of the problem begins and ends with the secondary schools and universities, according to Johnson and Rodríguez. “We're at a moment in which we can start addressing it better in schools or else get left behind,” Rodríguez said.

The index is calculated from two online tests, creating an impact on the results of countries with low or unreliable Internet usage. Also, as Education First admits, the voluntary test takers are most probably those wanting to learn English or those curious about how they compare to the standard. However, there is little incentive to cheat as the test is not standard and thus cannot apply to anything but the survey. Also, the range of test takers is so diverse in each country that it does provide an approximate measurement, Johnson said.

“But it's a very broad spectrum of students of all ages and backgrounds that are in the database,” he said. “We realized that inadvertently we had a big range of test scores that we could look at in terms of trying to bring some light to an international index."

School administrators and students voiced their concerns over the infrastructure of secondary schools and universities, saying that there are limited opportunities of access into English for many of the students, especially those in public schools. Others commented that officials must demand more from the curriculum, instilling greater levels of analysis and applicable in students.

“In spite of the limitations and problems, it is possible to strengthen this area,” said Marisol Rojas of the Universidad Técnica Nacional. “We should invest in more research and different methodologies that translate to the business field, in society, and at the university.”

Though difficulties lay ahead for Costa Ricans when it comes to mastering the universal language, Rodrígues said that the people should look forward to the challenge:

“People say, 'This is a problem.' And I say, 'No this is an opportunity.'”


Sala IV affirms zoning plan
favoring Hotel Riu in Carrillo


By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Sala IV constitutional court has rejected an appeal by an environmental group against the coastal zoning plan of the  Municipalidad de Carrillo.

The organization, the Asociacion Confraternidad Guanacasteca, said that the plan was made specifically to favor the construction of the Hotel Riu.

The appeal addressed public participation in the formation of what is called a plan regulador. Three  magistrates in the minority agreed with the appeal and said that the municipality should repeat the public hearings although they stopped short of saying the plan itself should be thrown out, according to a summary released by the Poder Judicial.

The hearing before the constitutional court was in late November. The decision was Wednesday, but the summary was released Thursday.

The five-star hotel opened in October 2009.  It is on the Pacific on the north coast. Construction was not possible until the municipality approved a zoning plan and specified land where hotels could be located.

Confraternidad Guanacasteca said that some environmental concerns were not addressed in the preparation of the plan.

The Confraternidad has battled most development in the Guanacaste area.


Committee formed to plan
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By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Three government agencies have agreed to create a system of electronic payment for bus passengers. The system is supposed to be in place when bus companies begin to renew their concessions.

The agencies are the Autoridad Reguladora de los Servicios Públicos, Banco Central de Costa Rica and the Ministerio de Obras Públicas y Transportes. The agencies agreed Thursday to set up a committee to design and put into service such a system.

The system would cover all the nation's buses and later the train service, said a summary of the meeting.

The system also would reduce the targeting of buses by robbers because there would be much less cash aboard.

Although a system has not been selected, it most likely will be some type of card swipe that will register the passenger's presence and make a deduction from an established bank account. The coordinating committee members also suggested that the electronic system would provide much more information including the accurate totals of individuals using certain routes.

There also is the possibility that the system could be used to track individuals.

The Banco Central favors the idea in part because it would reduce the use of cash, which is something that the bank is obligated to provide to the banking system.


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That clinking sound is the cash registers, not the school bell
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Parents this time of year are a bit touchy on the subject of the country's free public education.

With classes starting Feb. 10, the push is on to get the required items for youngsters going to schools. The economics ministry estimated Thursday that parents will spend from 68,000 colons (about $136) to 91,000 colons (about $182) for each child, depending on the grade level and sex.

The ministry did another one of its surveys to find that prices vary dramatically even on smaller items.

For example ministry surveyors said they found a difference of 2,060, more than $4, in the price of identical dictionaries and a difference of 1,195 colons, a bit more than $2, on identical packages of construction paper.

Ministry workers collected data and researched the prices of student goods from 36 establishments within the metro area, which includes San José, Cartago, Alajuela, and Heredia. They looked at 340 different uniforms and 1,113 school items. The Ministerio of Economía, Industria, and Comercio took into account both items of the same brand and similar items that were of different brands, color, and sizes.

The Ministerio de Educación Pública has on its Web site lists of required items for each grade level. The higher the grade, the more expensive the items, the ministry survey found.
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Similar items varied dramatically in price.

The survey report noted that there can be legitimate reasons for varying prices. The report cited girl's stockings that ranged from 300 colons or 60 U.S. cents to 1,690 colons a pair, about $3.38.

The report noted that the less expensive stockings were mainly polyester while the higher priced pair were mainly cotton.

The survey, which is online HERE!, is a good guide for parents who want to shop around to get the best deal. The survey gives the names of stores and the prices in the extreme cases.


A look back into time at a pretty good day downtown
Ten years ago I moved from the East side of San José to Sabana Norte, on the west side.  This was a typical day back then.  Much has changed for me, but others, I hope, still enjoy such days.

Early Tuesday morning I was awakened by a visitor, the first of its kind in this apartment. It whined, dive bombing, first into one ear and then the other.  I finally had to get up to find my mosquito repellent, which I didn’t have, so I dabbed some raid on the rims of my ears. 

I did manage to get back to sleep unmolested until 6:30.  Then began a busy day.  First the local pharmacy where I asked how much my prescription would cost.  They only had two of the three and the price was about $30.  I decided that for that I could wait in line at the hospital pharmacy where they would be free. 

My next errand was to the bank.  There was a long line but the kind guard put me up front as is the custom for all possessors of the ciudadano de oro (senior gold cards).  There I paid my cable TV and Internet and my phone bill.  There I also left my neighbor, Doug, who had walked with me this far, to his business, and I went across the street to catch a bus downtown.  Riding the buses is free and easy for me now that I have my new resident’s cédula.  The bus driver just registers the cedula in some machine.  So much easier than pawing through my purse for change.

First stop the pharmacy in Hospital San Juan de Dios where there were, (surprise!) only about six people in line.  The man behind the window took my prescriptions and told me to return tomorrow after 6 a.m. 

Within a few minutes I was back at the bus stop where I caught one that would take me right to the Caja building. (Caja is short for Costarricense de Seguro Social, the government run medical insurance and pension programs.

At the door a fellow (wearing a surgical mask to get attention) handed me a flyer.  Once again I was in luck and the line was short.  I barely had time to peruse the flyer.  Both sides were filled with instructions and information about how to avoid the AH1N1 flu or what to do if you think you have it.  It was lucky I didn’t have an appointment with President Óscar Arias because it warned me not to embrace, kiss or shake hands with people that I meet, and surely I would be tempted to at least shake his hand. He has been out and about among crowds lately inaugurating the new train service to Heredia, I am sure, shaking lots of hands and giving abrazos. I have just heard that he has the AH1N1 flu.

My chores were completed.  I seldom am able to accomplish more than one, let alone three errands in a morning.  Now I
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was thirsty and knew I should not get dehydrated so I stopped
in the nearest place that sold drinks.  It was a pasteleria.  I had no desire for a pastry, sweet or salty, but I chose one along with a soft drink.  I tore off a piece.  One bite of the pastry was all I could take; it seemed to be pressed breadcrumbs covered with jelly, sugar and white icing.  I left it on the table and walked out.  A few feet outside the shop a youngish man was sitting on the sidewalk propped against the wall looking rather hopeless.  He wasn’t even begging. I quickly returned to my table and picked up the paper plate holding the discarded dessert and approached the man.  He eagerly reached for it and began eating.

Walking towards yet another bus stop I began to feel guilty.  How could I give this poor man something so unhealthy for his empty stomach?  But I didn’t go back.

I walked a couple of blocks and caught the Sabana Estadio bus across from the Gran Hotel.  That would take me to my neighborhood.  Getting off (after a pretty bumpy ride), I noted that my own stomach was empty.

The little sidewalk café-soda on the corner of the street where I live had changed hands again and the flyer they put out proclaimed Argentinean food.  I sat down and ordered an ejecutivo (fixed price meal) with pork, no rice.  What I got was a typical Costa Rican meal.  Besides the chop, there were beans, carrots, broccoli and a cabbage salad and too much of everything. It came with a fruit drink. I didn’t finish that either.

The two eager young women behind the counter made the mistake of asking me how it was. I said the vegetables were tasty but overcooked and the beans were undercooked and not tasty.  Then I apologized, explaining that I was an extranjera, not a Tica (as if they needed that information). 

Walking away, I wondered how Ticos could eat that fare day after day.  Then I flashed on people in the U.S. going into McDonalds or Burger King day after day ordering a hamburger and french fries and expecting (and wanting) the same taste they had yesterday.  I guess one would call both comfort foods.  I was just happy that I had Il Ritorno, an Italian restaurant, when I wanted something familiar and delicious.  But today I’ll just go home and have a hot fudge sundae.

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Certain fungus keep rain forests from losing its plant diversity, study says
By the University of Oxford news service

A new study has revealed that fungi, often seen as pests, play a crucial role policing biodiversity in rain forests.
               
The Oxford University-led research found that fungi regulate diversity in rain forests by making dominant species victims of their own success. Fungi spread quickly between closely-packed plants of the same species, preventing them from dominating and enabling a wider range of species to flourish.

"In the plant world, close relatives make bad neighbors," said Owen Lewis of Oxford University's Department of Zoology, who led the study. 'Seedlings growing near plants of the same species are more likely to die, and we now know why. It has long been suspected that something in the soil is responsible, and we've now shown that fungi play a crucial role. It's astonishing to see microscopic fungi having such a profound effect on entire rain forests.

'Fungi prevent any single species from dominating rain forests as they spread more easily between plants and seedlings of the same species. If lots of plants from one species grow in the same place, fungi quickly cut their population down to size, leveling the playing field to give rarer species a fighting chance. Plots sprayed with fungicide soon become dominated by a few species at the expense of many others, leading to a marked drop in diversity.'

The study, published in Nature, looked at seedling plots across 36 sampling stations in the Chiquibul Forest Reserve, Belize. It was carried out by scientists at Oxford University and Sheffield University and funded by the Natural Environment Research Council.

Researchers sprayed plots with water, insecticide or fungicide every week for 17 months. They found that the fungicide dealt a significant blow to diversity, reducing the effective number of species by 16 percent. While the insecticide did change the composition of surviving species, it did not have an overall impact on diversity.

"We expected that removal of both fungi and insects would have an effect on the tree species," said  Rob Freckleton of Sheffield University, who co-led the study. 'However what was unexpected was that removal of the fungi affected diversity, but eliminating insects didn't. Ours is the first study to unpick the effects of the different natural enemies.'

Scientists had suspected that fungus-like microorganisms called oomycetes might also play a part in policing rainforest diversity, but this now seems unlikely.

The findings show that fungi play a vital role in maintaining the biodiversity of rain forests, preventing a few highly competitive species from dominating. It helps to explain why tropical rain forests are so much more diverse than forests in temperate countries.
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A netted stinkhorn fungus (Dictyophora sp.) in the Belize rainforest.

"We suspect that the effect of fungi will be strongest in wetter, hotter areas because this is where they thrive," said lead author Robert Bagchi, of Eidgenössische Technische Hochschule Zürich. "This has important implications for how rain forests will respond to climate change, which is often predicted to reduce overall rainfall making it harder for fungi to spread. Without fungi to keep species in check, we could see a significant knock-on effect and lose a lot of the diversity that makes rain forests so special."


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Pope praises Internet and says
that it is something truly good

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Pope Francis declared the Internet “a gift from God,” in a statement released by the Vatican to mark the Catholic Church’s World Communications Day.

The pope said the Internet “offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity” and that “is something truly good.”

Citing increased levels of inequality around the world, the pontiff said the media could play a role by “creating a sense of the unity of the human family which can in turn inspire solidarity and serious efforts to ensure a more dignified life for all.”

There are downsides to greater interconnectedness, the pope said, adding that the speed of communication “exceeds our capacity for reflection and judgment.”

He added that by offering a wide variety of ideas, electronic forms of communication “also enables people to barricade themselves behind sources of information which only confirm their own wishes and ideas, or political and economic interests.”

Digital connectivity, the pontiff added, “can have the effect of isolating us from our neighbors, from those closest to us.”

And while there are drawbacks, the pope said “they do not justify rejecting social media; rather, they remind us that communication is ultimately a human rather than technological achievement.”

He added that we need “to recover a certain sense of deliberateness and calm” and that “this calls for time and the ability to be silent and to listen.”

The 77-year-old Argentine has proved a somewhat controversial figure, saying, for example, that homosexuals should not be marginalized and that Catholics should reach out to atheists.

In today’s statement, he told his followers that “engaging in dialogue does not mean renouncing our own ideas and tradition.”

Francis said the Internet and social media offered a chance for such a dialogue.

“The digital world can be an environment rich in humanity; a network not of wires but of people,” he said.


3D printer use being advanced
with applications in oil and gas


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

General Electric's oil and gas division will start pilot production of 3D printed metal fuel nozzles for its gas turbines in the second half of this year, a major step towards using the technology for mass-manufactured parts in the industry.

Full production of the printed fuel nozzles is expected in 2015, said Eric Gebhardt, chief technology officer at GE Oil & Gas.

The move follows hot on the heels of GE Aviation, which said last year it would use 3D printing to produce fuel nozzles for its LEAP jet engine, a high profile decision that for many sealed the commerciality of the technique.

Oil services firm Halliburton has also used 3D printing to produce parts used in drilling although not on such a large scale.

Forms of advanced manufacturing are increasingly vital in the oil and gas sector as companies move into extreme environments such as ultra deep-water or the Arctic.

3D printing allows complex shapes to be built up in layers from particles of plastics or metal, enabling engineers to realize designs impossible to mass-manufacture before.

GE Oil and Gas, one of GE's fastest growing divisions, is investing $100 million over the next two years on technology development with a “significant portion” going on 3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing. The division has installed dozens of plastic and metal 3D printers across its businesses.

Fuel nozzles, which feeds combustion in a gas turbine, are currently made by welding together a number of sub-components, a process hugely simplified by printing it in one piece.

The other piece of kit that GE Oil and Gas is looking to produce using 3D printers is electric submersible pumps used to artificially bring oil to the surface.

“Most of these are about four or five inches in diameter and then about an inch or two in height. It's the right size to put into some of the additive manufacturing,” Gebhardt said.

The technology is still mainly used for prototyping, but even in this seemingly basic use, improvements can be dramatic.

At GE's pipeline inspection plant in Newcastle, where monitoring robots known as pigs are assembled, the design loop which once took 12 weeks is now done in 12 hours thanks to an on-site 3D printer the size of a hotel minibar fridge.

Pigs are custom designed to deal with the particular pipeline, whether it be hundreds of meters under the sea or full of corrosive sour gas.

Trial parts can now be printed on location, in plastic, to see whether they fit and work properly. Only then is the part ordered, paid for and delivered in the final material.

For senior engineer Dave Bell the printer is one of the biggest shifts he has seen in his 30 years at the site.

“It's a game changer,” he said. “Engineering is all about compromise and this allows you to trial concepts quickly and cheaply.”

But challenges remain, predominantly around the size that can be printed and the surface finish produced.

“Now we're going to have to see how large they can get over time,” Gebhardt said. “Will it follow Moore's law where it is going to double in size every 18 months? That's kind of what we're seeing right now. But when is it going to reach a natural inflection point? That's something we have to work through.”

For Richard Hague, a professor at Nottingham University and an expert in additive manufacturing, the size of much of the equipment used in the oil and gas industry is simply too big.

“It's cost effective if it's small and complicated, but when it's large and complicated it's much less effective,” he said.


Members of the U.S. military
now can display their religion


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The U.S. military says its troops can now outwardly display their religious beliefs, such as growing beards or wearing a turban, as long as it does not impair the country's defense mission.

Until now, the Defense Department has not had a consistent policy on religious accommodations. But under the new policy, the Pentagon said military personnel can seek individual waivers to wear religious clothing, seek prayer time or engage in religious practice.

A military spokesman said the religious requests would be granted unless it would have "an adverse effect on military readiness, mission accomplishment, unit cohesion and good order and discipline." The Pentagon said that expression of sincerely held beliefs would not be used for adverse personnel action against any military service personnel.

Under the new rules, Jewish troops will be able to seek a waiver to wear a yarmulke, and Sikhs could request to wear a turban and grow a beard. Others could ask for specific times to pray, ask that they be allowed to carry prayer beads or various religious symbols or wear religious body art. 


U.S. negotiator wants trade deal
before including China

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Washington wants progress on an investment treaty with Beijing before it considers expanding an eventual Pacific-region trade pact to include China, a top U.S. official said Thursday.
 
U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman said the United States was open to other countries joining the Trans-Pacific Partnership being negotiated by Washington and 11 other nations.
 
However, before China can be considered, Washington wants movement on a bilateral investment treaty.
 
“We'll want to see whether we can make progress there first,” Froman said during the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.
 
Beijing said in May it would consider joining the partnership, which would establish a free-trade bloc stretching from Vietnam to Chile and Japan, encompassing about 800 million people and almost 40 percent of the global economy.
 
Other countries, including South Korea, have also expressed interest in joining, although Washington has said they would have to wait until the current negotiators reach a deal.
 
Washington had hoped for a deal by the end of 2013, but that did not happen in part because of differences over farm tariffs between the United States and Japan.
 
The countries already in the talks are the United States, Canada, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Vietnam, Chile, Mexico and Peru.
 
The United States and China agreed in July to restart stalled negotiations on an investment treaty, with Beijing dropping efforts to protect some sectors of its economy.
 
Froman said the renewed talks with Beijing would be part of a larger agreement.
 
“That's where I think our focus should be because those are key elements of any investment chapter,” he added.


Special work visas sought
to repopulate city of  Detroit

 
By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder unveiled a proposal Thursday that calls for the U.S. government to allocate 50,000 special visas over the next five years to lure highly skilled immigrants to live and work in the bankrupt city of Detroit.

Snyder's plan, which would need to be implemented by the U.S. government, is aimed at bringing jobs to the city while stemming an exodus of residents.

Detroit's population has fallen to about 700,000 from a peak of 1.8 million in 1950, and Snyder highlighted the amount of opportunity available to newcomers to Detroit.

The EB-2 visas would be aimed at individuals with advanced degrees and exceptional skills in fields like the auto industry, information technology, healthcare and life sciences, Snyder said at an event announcing the proposal.

EB-2 visas allow individuals with special talents to enter the country without a job offer.

There is no precedent for special visas to be issued for a specific geographic area, Snyder said. But he compared the program to a current one that grants visas to physicians who agree to work in under-served areas.

To move forward with his plan, Snyder would need the support of the Obama administration and to accomplish an expansion of immigration policy at a time when immigration reform is one of the most contentious political issues.

Snyder, who was to be in Washington today, said he would meet privately with Obama administration officials. Though “it's really early in the process,” Snyder was hopeful the administration would be able to act unilaterally without requiring legislation.

“It's really taking up the offer of the federal government that they want to help more,” Snyder told reporters. “Again, they made it clear they don't have dollar resources to necessarily help, but isn't this a great way that doesn't involve large-scale financial contributions from the federal government to do something dramatic in Detroit?”

The Republican governor was joined by Detroit's Democratic Mayor Mike Duggan and Detroit city council members to announce the plan.

Snyder is asking that 5,000 visas be issued in the first year, with 10,000 in each of the next three years, and 15,000 in the fifth year.

The program would target individuals looking to move to the United States as well as those already in the country.

Snyder called attention to more than 25,000 international students who study at colleges and universities in Michigan, which has faced the problem of a brain drain of recent college graduates.

“Where else in the U.S. could you find a house or a lot for the prices you're going to find here? It's a good deal,” Snyder said.


U.S. housing market is reported
to have improved over last year


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The battered U.S. housing market recovered strongly in 2013 with sales increasing and prices rising.

Thursday's report from the National Association of Realtors says sales over the last 12 months were the strongest since 2006.

Researchers at RealtyTrac, which closely monitors foreclosures and other housing activities, say the recovery will continue in 2014, but the gains will come at a slower pace.

RealtyTrac Vice President Daren Blomquist said that he expects to see more homes being purchased in the next year by families rather than investors.

"We can't continue to see home price appreciation of 20-30 percent in some of these markets, so we will see home price increases moderate in more of a broader-base recovery in 2014, as opposed to one driven largely by investors," said Blomquist.

LendingTree, a company that matches mortgage lenders with borrowers, says its survey shows most homeowners expect interest rates to rise over the next year, making it more difficult to afford a new home.

Another business research group says its index of leading economic indicators rose slightly in December. The Conference Board says the data probably means steady growth this spring, unless renewed political bickering in Washington hurts consumer and business confidence.

A separate government report said the number of newly fired workers signing up for unemployment assistance rose very slightly - by 1,000 to a nationwide total of 326,000 - but remained at a level low enough to indicate a gradually improving job market.


Democrats expected to use
income gap as campaign pitch

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Recent government surveys in the United States show that the income gap between the wealthiest Americans and everyone else is growing.  A Congressional Budget Office survey found that the wealthiest 1 percent increased their income by 275 percent over the past 30 years, compared to less than 40 percent for the vast majority of the U.S. middle class.

President Barack Obama intends to focus on the widening income gap in Tuesday’s State of the Union address.

From wealthy homes in California to the urban blight of Detroit, the income gap is growing.

Minimum-wage workers recently took to the streets of Atlanta to demand more money.

It’s a cause that resonates with fast food workers in Washington, including Erica Gayles.

“It’s a struggle.  I’m tired of struggling," she said. "I just want to live comfortably."

Those struggles have caught the attention of Democrats in Washington like Sen. Tom Harkin of Iowa.

“It’s just kind of a harshness, being hard on people, especially hard on people who don’t have anything, hard on people who are at the bottom rung of the ladder," he said. "It’s not befitting a great nation."

Obama will highlight the issue in his State of the Union address.

“Restoring the American dream of opportunity for everyone who’s willing to work for it is something that should unite the country," the president said. "That shouldn’t divide the country.  That’s what we should be aspiring to, that everybody has a shot if they are willing to work hard and take responsibility."

It will also be an election year theme for Democrats, says analyst John Fortier.

“The larger philosophical theme of not only the economy just getting better, but it getting better for everyone," he said. "And how an economy that improves just for the rich is not one that he wants to see, I think, will be a theme of his."

Opposition Republicans have a different focus, says House Speaker John Boehner.

“When you look at it, the American people have a right to continue to ask the question, where are the jobs?  The president has been in office now for over five years, and it’s time for the president to admit that his policies are not working," he said.

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, another Republican and a possible presidential contender in 2016, says individual states should take the lead on closing the income gap.

“Washington is too bureaucratic and too resistant to change, and its ‘one size fits all approach is just not conducive to solving a problem as diverse and complex as this one," he said.

With Republicans opposed, Obama will have to work around Congress, says expert Thomas Mann.

“He is going to have to rely much more on the authority he has as president using executive regulatory approaches and administrative initiatives and other kind of public-private ventures that don’t require legislation," said Mann.

The president will travel to the Vatican in late March to meet with Pope Francis, and the White House says fighting poverty and income inequality will be on the agenda.


Defense officials are reviewing
woes in strategic nuclear force

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is ordering top military officials to review the nation's nuclear force after alleged drug possession and cheating by Air Force officers.

The Pentagon says Hagel is also calling for an independent review.

Rear Admiral John Kirby, a Pentagon spokesman, says Hagel believes it is time to put renewed emphasis on examining the health of the nuclear force, and particularly those issues that affect morale, professionalism, performance and leadership of the people who make up that force.

Kirby says the secretary makes it clear that there is no mission more vital to national security than strategic nuclear deterrence.

Last week, the Air Force suspended 34 officers in charge of launching nuclear missiles for allegedly cheating or tolerating cheating on a proficiency test.

The alleged cheating was discovered during a separate investigation into charges of drug possession by officers at a Montana air force base.

There have also been reports of low morale and boredom among airmen and an Air Force general was fired last year for getting drunk while in Russia for a nuclear exercise.


Big banks still seen as threat
in case of another downturn


By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Big banks still pose a threat to the global financial system because there is a general assumption that governments will come to their rescue in case of trouble, an International Monetary Fund executive said on Thursday.

“It is astonishing that officials in countries are still largely ill-equipped to deal with a Lehman Brothers-style bankruptcy, where assets and liabilities are scattered across multiple jurisdictions and entities,” Jose Vinals, tasked with financial oversight at the fund, said in a blog post.

The 2008 bankruptcy of investment bank Lehman Brothers marked the height of the global credit crisis, and many of the reforms that have since been implemented were aimed at preventing a repeat of such a collapse.

During the financial crisis, a number of the world's big banks were bailed out by governments with billions of dollars in taxpayer money.

“The not-so-good news is that, despite these efforts, implicit subsidies to these systemically important financial institutions remain too large,” Vinals said, who said a related study was due in April.

The problem of so-called too-big-to-fail banks is a priority for regulators in the Group of 20, which is due to convene in November and expected to discuss a global financial reform agenda, Vinals said.

The G20 includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the UK, the United States and the European Union.

The Basel III bank capital rules require banks to borrow less to fund their business, so they are better able to deal with problems. Governments have also told banks to draw up plans that would enable them to systematically unwind their businesses if the necessity arose.

The United States and Europe are putting into place so-called resolution authorities that would protect the wider financial system without the use of taxpayer funds in the event a bank needed to be bailed out.

Vinals said the G20 had “yet to do much of the heavy lifting” to sort out what would happen if a bank with major operations abroad were to go under.

  
Justin Bieber is involved
in new run-in with police

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Teen pop star Justin Bieber was arrested in Miami Beach early Thursday on a drunken driving charge after he was caught drag racing on a main thoroughfare in a rented yellow Lamborghini, police said.
 
The 19-year-old Canadian singer initially resisted arrest, cursed at police officers and later told them he had consumed alcohol, pot and prescription drugs, police said. A judge set his bail at $2,500.
 
Bieber's arrest is his most serious run-in with the law during a year in which his erratic behavior has ranged from allegations of speeding through his gated community near Los Angeles to heated scuffles with paparazzi.

Just after 4 a.m. on Thursday, officers said they observed Bieber's Lamborghini alongside another driver in a red Ferrari accelerate from a stop position on a four-lane road in a residential area just a few blocks from the South Beach tourist district, Miami Beach Police Chief Raymond Martinez said.
 
Two SUVs had blocked off the road so the “Boyfriend” singer could race a friend who was driving the rented red sports car, police said.
 
Bieber was driving the sports car 55 to 60 miles per hour (88 to 96 kilometers per hour) in a 30-mile-per-hour (48 kph) zone. He was also charged with resisting arrest without violence and driving on an expired Georgia license, Miami Beach police spokeswoman Vivian Hernandez said.
 
The singer was “a little belligerent, using some choice words,” when arrested, Martinez said, but he grew cooperative at the police station. His mug shot shows him smiling.

In the arrest report, an officer said Bieber had bloodshot eyes and alcohol on his breath. The singer told police he was returning from a studio recording session and repeatedly asked why he had been stopped and arrested.
 
“Why did you stop me?” he asked, according to the report. “Why do you have to search me?”
 
Bieber later acknowledged that he had taken prescription medicine, had been smoking marijuana and had consumed alcohol, Martinez said.
 
Representatives for Bieber and his mother, Pattie Mallette, said they had no comment about his arrest.
 
The singer appeared at his bail hearing Thursday afternoon via video from the jail where he was being held. He made no comment during the brief proceedings.
 
His friend, identified as R&B singer Khalil Sharieff, was arrested on a charge of driving under the influence. His bail was set at $1,000.
 
High-powered criminal defense attorney Roy Black, who also has represented radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh, actor Kelsey Grammer and Kennedy family member William Kennedy Smith, appeared in court on behalf of both men.
 
“This hopefully will proceed as any other case,” Black said after the hearing.
 
The police department in the Florida city of Opalocka is investigating whether two of its officers gave Bieber an unauthorized escort on Monday night after his private jet landed at the local airport, said city spokesman David Chiverton.
 
He confirmed the city also was looking into whether officers escorted Bieber to the King of Diamonds strip club in Miami Gardens.
 
“We're investigating whether our police department escorted him there,” said Chiverton. “You can have fun in Miami, but not too much fun.”
 
Bieber's erratic behavior has at times overshadowed his music career in the last year as the singer who shot to fame at age 15 transitions to adulthood.
 
Earlier this month, detectives in California raided Bieber's home after he was accused of pelting a neighbor's house with eggs.
 








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Our primary goal is to assist our clients with a smooth transition to occupancy while providing highly personalized and distinctive services. We have refined the process to be a hassle free experience, especially valuable for clients who live abroad. We customize to suit each client’s personal taste, lifestyle and budget.
Serving region for 10 years.
We regularly exceed client expectations. We guarantee it.
Email: info@casadelpacifico.com
Cell phone: (506) - 8707-8008
Office phone: (506) - 2288-5644
Web: www.casadelpacifico.com
8070-2/14/13


Real estate brokers and agents (paid category)


Swimming pool at night
A Buyer’s Broker offering the best
of Costa Rica Real Estate.

For those looking for quality properties and service at quality prices. Central Valley Rentals. Offering honesty, experience and knowledge. Your Villa Real Expert. Call us now  Toll Free (877) 845-4533. In Costa Rica 2228-5961 or 8339-2112. www.costaricarealtyone.com
8179-3/11/14

Re/Max, the Pacific coast expert
Re/Max offers comprehensive Costa Rica Real Estate, vacation rental and relocation services. Our award-winning team is the largest in the country, and can show you the best lifestyle and financial investment properties in the most desirable locations including prime real estate in Tamarindo, Langosta, Conchal, Flamingo, Pinilla, Coco, Hermosa and Playa Panama.  Give us a call in Costa Rica at 506-2653-0073, or toll free from the U.S. and Canada 1-800-385-5930. Re/Max, the name you trust for the finest real estate services in Costa Rica.
8206-5/18/14

Moran Arenal
Lake Arenal, Costa Rica
The undiscovered jewel of Central America, 35 square miles of blue, pristine, clear water ideal for fishing, swimming, boating, Real estate values still low.
Great lake front, river front land, farms, homes, condos and commercial property. Some with owner financing
 
This is far and away the most beautiful place in all Central America — cool climate. Try our two-day, all-inclusive discovery tour for $299.

Check with our Web site at www.moranlakearenal.com
Contact us at the office: (506) 2694-0088
Cell (506) 8880-8888
Phone number from the U.S. (305) 307-0088
Email: moranrealestate@gmail.com
Moran logo
8119-4/16/14



Costa Rica,

Central America
Houses, lots and farms in Grecia,
western Central Valley.
Great climate
and safe communities.





Visit our Web Site:
 www.greciarealestate.com




English: (Cristian Arce)
(506) 8309-0173  
English:  (Luis Arce)
(506) 7100-8489  
 Español: (Luis G. Jiménez)
  (506) 8707-4016  
Grecia 794
This is the BIGGEST DEAL of the month now at $850.000: HERE!
30,000 square meters of land and 750 square-meters of construction.
Grecia 792
300 square meters of land, 195 square meters of construction HERE
Grecia 807
  18,000 square meters of land and 300 square meters of construction. HERE!
  Send us your request to our email: info@greciarealestate.com
8142-2/11/13

Real estate for sale (paid category)


NOW REDUCED TO $595,000
ALAJUELA – PRIVATE COMPOUND OF 4 HOMES - $850,000 TURNKEY
Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at gerrybuilt2000@yahoo.com.  See property video here:

See virtual tour of accommodations here:

For more details go to:
8230-3/13/14

Land near Monte de La Cruz, 27 hectors+, Must sell for best offer due to cancer, dogfood@carolina.rr.com 8841-1606
8223-2/21/14

beachfront home
Beautiful Palo Seco Beach home priced to sell!
Gorgeous beachfront two-story home, of roughly 2,000 square feet, set on a half acre oceanfront lot that is full of beautiful fruit and shade trees in Playa Palo Seco. This home features two bedrooms, three full baths, high quality A/C units in all rooms, huge front and backyard, and of course, a fantastic view of the Pacific Ocean just feet away from the front door! Playa Palo Seco is perfectly situated between Jacó and Quepos and is only minutes away from five-star dining such as El Clandestino.  We have reduced the price from $150,000 to $125,000 firm for a fast sale in the new year! This is a must see property! Owner financing is available. This truly is a once in a lifetime offer and it will go fast! Please call 8816-2478 or email bmcart3@gmail.com for more information!
8218-2/17/14

St. Michael
Ocean View estates inside a gated community from $5.94 M2.  Properties start at 39K. NO HOA FEES.  Community salt water modern waterfall swimming pools, organic vegetable gardens, exotic flower gardens, food forest, mature orchards, fresh fish from aquaponics, stables, community center, and much more.  Each lot comes with an edible landscaping including pineapples, plantains, papayas, guanabanas, bananas, and more.  Most lots already have mature mango, lemon, orange, or caimito trees.  This is the most secure community in CR with multiple sources of water, electric, and high \[speed internet.      www.saintmichaelscostarica.com
8215-7/14/14

Cahuita estate
Beach house in Cahuita for sale
2,000-sq. ft. house, 2 bedrooms. 2 baths. With incredible view of sea.  House has beautiful hardwood open upstairs deck. Teakwood floor upstairs. CB and ceramic downstairs, Very well built with beautiful hardwoods upstairs.  Oval bathtub, hand painted ceramic sinks  The view is through 240 meters of jungle and coconut trees to the beach. The beach in front is perfect and quiet. Very secure area. Property located adjacent to our wildlife sanctuary and botanical gardens. Great group of neighbors from U.S.A.,  Italy, Holland, Sweden, etc. This very private property is owned by Todd Scottland for more then  35 years. Taxes are paid up to date. This is a gem of a house. Must see!  Price  $205,000.00.  Email to:
scottlandtodd@live.com. Email for more photos.
Phone 2755-0014 or cell phone 8610-0490.
8207-3/8/14

Esparza home
Esparza, Puntarenas
Stunning open concept contemporary home 1800 square feet, high end finishing set in tranquil rural 1.3 acres of fruit trees and tropical flowers. Separate guest suite, artist studio, workshop, carport, electric gate.  Close to two international airports, surfing, fishing, golfing and shopping. More photos here:  http://www.rainforestnaturals.ca/songbird/cr/photogallery.htm
Sale for $239.000 Contact:  sjwiens@gmail.com
8196-2/6/14

Ojochal montage
Ojochal Paradise
Tropical paradise of 6.5 acres in Ojochal.  Cabin with one sleeping loft, all services, mountain and distant ocean views.  Several building sites available for main house or rental units. Close to surfing, fishing, golfing. Sale for $129.000  Contact:  sjwiens@gmail.com  for more photos/information or go here:
www.rainforestnaturals.ca/songbird/cr/land/photogallery.htm
8197-2/6/14

complex
Located in Jacó at Barrio Ricos y Famosos
in Calle Europa, Casa Shangri La.
Main house: 3 bedrooms, 3 baths, 270 square meters, 2 condominiums 2 bedrooms, one bath, 110 square meters, plus one small apartment: One bedroom, one bath. Huge pool, carport for five cars. plus double garage, rancho with pool bathroom, gymnasium, laundry room, pool plumbing room, huge dog house in separate 500-square-meter garden with aviary for guacamayas (we have three birds) 60 meters of river front of Río Copey with a 4-meter-high protective and retention stone wall. Eight surveillance camera CCTV system with Internet access from anywhere. Over 2-meter-high brick wall all around the property with two layers of razor wires on top, the safest place to be! Electronic entrance gate, door phone, five telephone lines, high-speed Internet wireless access everywhere. Beautiful gardens with many fruit trees. Built to highest standard by German owner in 2005,  room for two more apartments, plans approved. Less then a 10 minutes walk to the beach and or center of Jaco. Price $ 1,350.000 negotiable. All fittings and furniture. German-built, excellent quality and well maintained. 70% owner financing available. More photos on request HERE!  Email: wolfganghilbich@yahoo.com  cell 8838-2081 or home 2643-2979.
8200-4/3/14

Rich Coast montage
Real Estate, Central Pacific Region
RichCoastRealty.com

Central Pacific between Jacó and Quepos-Manuel Antonio
Lots in gated community near the beach  from $17,999! Only 3 left
2-bedroom house in gated community was $120k now $99,900
3-bedroom house with 2 additional residential lots, walk to the beach $160k
Turnkey coffee shop/ bakery, corner location, great ROI! $65k
2-bedroom panoramic oceanview house, guesthouse on 2.5 acres $269k
Panoramic oceanview  property, 3 houses, on-ground pool $375k
And much more!!!

     www.RichCoastRealty.com
   USA Toll Free 1 866 833-4005
   CR Cell 011 506 8718-9891
   Brendan@RichCoastRealty.com
8191-4/30/13


Samara church and lot
Commercial lot with great visibility in heart of Playa Sámara commercial district. Located alongside town's largest church, bank, hardware store/lumber yard, mini shopping plaza, and Pali (Sámara's largest supermarket). This lot has a large elevated building platform shaded with mature treees. All this makes for many commercial options.  One block from stunning "blue flag" beach. This is a perfect location for a eco/boutique hotel, restaurant/catering, apartments, or condominium. All utilities to this property. Lot size 1,414m2. Price 325K. Email: mwk350@yahoo.com
8186-3/13/14

forest
Gorgeous Survival Farm located between San Ramón and Arenal Volcano bordering the huge Arenal Monteverde Nature Reserve. 30 acres of virgin rain forest with no neighbors, river, spring waters, rich soil, giant trees, homesite, no electricity, year-round 4WD access. 59,000 USD   axelspecial@gmail.com.
8182-1/13/14


Gulf road

Beachfront pristine five-hectare (13-acre) property

includes a common open air lodge with kitchen, three cabins, a caretaker's house, a garage and a secure storeroom. The property is maritime and has a current and valid maritime user's permit, all up to date and clear. In addition to the immaculately landscaped portion of the property that is already developed with bungalows, there are an additional three hectares that are ready for expansion and are cleared and planted in grass. The sales offer includes furnishings, appliances, catamaran, kayaks, and a whole series of extras. This property has about 300 meters of beach front in a docile portion of the gulf about 15 minutes north of Puerto Jimeenez, ideal for mooring boats just off the property shoreline. Has municipal water and power. Offered at $970,000. All reasonable offers will be considered. See photos and maps and more at www.suenos.org. Contact us at: osaproperty@gmail.com or +1-866-514-7435.
8172-1/6/13

For Sale By Owner
1 lot (1.5 acres)  at SIBU (8 lots total) amongst 50 acres of protected jungle gardens with sunset ocean views of Playa Nosara. Underground electric and water.13 minutes from Playa Guiones. Gated. In house financing available. Home of SIBU Sanctuary. jungalow@gmail.com.
8166-5/29/13



Five bedroom home
Five bedrooms, three-and-a-half baths plus guest house
Price reduced $100,000 for quick sale. Features include out door BBQ, swimming pool, plus on the beach. The home is completely furnished with U.S. products. Each room is individually air conditioned.  Hot water in bathrooms, kitchen and laundry room.  Fully furnished. Includes TV’s, refrigerator/freezer, dish washer, microwave, electric stove/oven, washer & dryer and many “as seen on TV” appliances. 
Asking  $250,000.    Call Gary 8784-2945 or email combrokers@aol.com
8157-2/22/13

Becker montage
Beach property on the Pacific Ocean in Guanacaste.

House and guest house on adjacent half acre lots. Each with separate electric,  private septic and well. Each can be sold stand alone or packaged. Modern kitchen, granite counters, Viking stove, large separate frig and freezer. Private commercial grade septic and well. No water shortages even in dry season. High speed internet and U.S. standard electric. Center of the beach -- NEVER floods. Estuary at each end of the beach with excellent kayaking and bird watching through the mangroves. Excellent fishing right off the shore. Great surfing, horseback riding, bicycling or Turtle watching. Groceries three miles away. Mentioned in "The Lonely Planet" Page 301. "Two of the most beautiful and least visited beaches in Costa Rica. Wilderness beaches of fine silver-grey sand." Despite opportunities for great surfing, kayaking and just about anything else you want to do on a sandy strip of paradise, the beaches are nearly always abandoned. $500K Will finance.  More pictures available at: http://www.rebecker.com/journal102006a.htm.  Contact information: ginbecker@gmail.com,  US: 001-612-599-0205 or Costa Rica 011-506-2655-1202.

condors

HIGH SECURITY Condo
ULatina, UCR, & U Fidelitas San Pedro, San Jose. $175,000.
QQuietly located behind The Foundation Costa Rica Canada, 500 meters north of Iglesia Lourdes, San Pedro. ULatina, UCR, U. Fidelitas, bus & new train station are within five minutes Four-bedroom, three and half-bath unit within a secure complex of 40 condos with high cement outside walls with secure entrance manned by an armed guard 24 hours per day. Security fencing with electric wire, and a CCTV recorded security camera system is monitored within the guard house.  For additional peace of mind, this residence equipped with an independently wired security system, iron bars on windows and patio doors, a telephone communication system to contact the guard house and secure parking at your front door.   Beautiful mountain view from roof covered 3rd floor terraza. A green park area inside the complex for your children to safely play and an outside parking area in from of guard house for visitors. Cable TV/Internet lines and 220-volt service for hot water heater, stove and dryer. Call Bill   (English) C.R. Phone: (506) 6011-6987   or  U.S. Phone:  (630) 886-4458  or   (305) 848-5577 C.R. Spanish  phone number: (506) 8799-4041  or  (506) 8363-9898.  Email: sjogringo@yahoo.com
6141-2/11/14

Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at  www.picturetrail.com/sfx/album/view/24055899   
For more information contact:  deeday214@gmail.com
8135-2/5/14

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2104

montage
For sale is a beautiful 50-acre property located in Los Alpes, just 15 minutes outside of San Ramon. At about 4,000 feet above sea level, this finca provides gorgeous views of the Central Valley as well as the Pacific Ocean in the distance while also offering a wonderful climate year around. The main house is two stories with three bedrooms and two full baths. High quality construction using exotic hardwoods such as almond, which covers the ceilings throughout the entire house. There are also two corrals and a small casita on the property. This location is perfect for a farm-style home or for beginning an agricultural business. This truly is a rare piece of property and is available for $399,999. Price is somewhat negotiable and we will be happy to work with the buyer to make it work! Please call 8816-2478 or e-mail bmcart3@gmail.com for more information ¡y se habla español!
8097-xxx

humming bird nest

Bed & Breakfast for sale and personal home with 2 houses on property of 3/4 acre (3,030 m2) and buildings w/verandas & carport approximately 350 m2. One house at entrance is central to village w/gated parking lot and a 3-bedroom house for rental or employees/family w/carport/yard/gardens. A 50-meter sendero winds to the top among lush gardens where the main house is situated w/2 buildings attached by verandas & stairway to second floor.  There are 2 bedrooms, sala, 4 baths, large kitchen, laundry rooms, work bodega, storage bodega and hot tub on veranda w/tiled shower room.  Home is surrounded by tropical gardens, views of Arenal Volcano, panoramic views of Lake Arenal, private w/school owned property on one side, pasture land on back side and connecting entry gate on other side to Cabinas El Castillo & Fusion Restaurant.  A bird watcher's paradise w/hummingbirds, Montezuma, toucans, butterflies and visits from howler monkeys.  The B&B is listed four consecutive editions of Lonely Planet and the first established B&B in this area.  Photos can be viewed on the Web site: www.hummingbirdnestbb.com.  Make your dream come true with a slice of paradise in a quiet, private setting. Call Ellen Neely at  8835-8711.  Email: nidocolibri@hotmail.com
8058-11/15/13

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Tanning montage
This is your chance to acquire a totally equipped tanning salon with five machines.  Fantasia Tropical has been open 14 years but the founder needs to retire and return to the U.S. for medical reasons.  You can assume the lease in Sabana West buying the S.A. or buy the assets and move them to a location you prefer. Taxes, permits, bank accounts all in order. Excellent opportunity for an energetic, creative hands-on owner or couple. Long-time manager available to stay on if desired. With an asking price of $30,000 this won't
last long.  Some owner financing may be available.  Contact galanses@hotmail.com for an appointment. For a preview www.facebook.com/FantasiaTropicalCR
8232-2/24/14

A successful, local, long-running business for sale.
In the nine years of operation, this company has grown to cover the entire Southern Pacific Zone, and opened the door to further penetration in San José, Manuel Antonio and Osa Peninsula areas. And it is the only one of its kind with no comparable competition. With the extensive groundwork that has already been achieved, the business is now poised to expand into a new level of success. Operating since 2005, the owner is retiring to another Latin American country. It is now time to turn the business over to a new owner who could expand it to even greater success. Details on the business, its history, a strategic analysis of its strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats, as well as a pro-forma income statement from 2008 through to 2013 are available upon request to aha_jm@yahoo.com.
8213-2/13/14

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Jaco station
Gas Station/Auto Plaza
Located on the Pan American Highway, Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Central America. This property is  45,000  square feet or  18,000  meters.  Liquor and convenience store is operational. Room to add an automotive service, car wash, restaurant, pharmacy, lotto sales, tour sales, ATM's,  etc, for a real money maker. Also future plans for a 80-unit  auto motel and casino. See on Youtube at:  http://youtu.be/iDXurhJ4fCk Asking price  $3.9 million. Email costaricapropertysales@gmail.com or call: 8899-9870.
8153-112/22/13

beach scenes
Established Hotel/Resort -Great Business Opportunity:
The owner/manager of a successful hotel on the Gold Coast of Costa Rica has listed their property with us. It is a successful and ongoing concern. The property and buildings are well built and maintained. The property has a history of repeat clients. To protect the business for the current and future owners, detailed information of the listing will only be shared after an expression of interest and a non-disclosure confidentiality agreement is executed. It is located about one hour of Liberia airport and less than 500 meters to beach. The land is over 1 hectare allowing room for expansion. There are 18 bedrooms in a variety of apartments, cabinas and houses, A/C, bar restaurant and shop. Near golf, horses, tennis, world class surf and more. Listing Price of $US2.4 million. Mary or Jerre West, maryandjerre@aol.com, 8879-0235 or (303) 317-6603
8123-4/22/2

Live the dream!
Several profitable businesses, including a regional radio station, are for sale in Costa Rica. Certain purchases can provide the new owner with residency as well as a great lifestyle. So live your dream while making a profit. Contact: manager@crbusiness.biz.

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Freedom House index says
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Marked by intensified repression in Eurasia and the Middle East, the state of freedom declined for the eighth consecutive year in 2013, according to Freedom in the World 2014, Freedom House’s annual report on global political rights and civil liberties.

Particularly notable were developments in Egypt, which endured across-the-board reversals in its democratic institutions following a military coup. There were also serious setbacks to democratic rights in other large, politically influential countries, including Russia, Ukraine, Azerbaijan, Turkey, Venezuela, and Indonesia.

These setbacks came at a time of growing self-doubt among the leaders of the democratic world, especially the United States. “Without a reassertion of American leadership, we could find ourselves at some future date deploring lost opportunities instead of celebrating democratic gains,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House, speaking of trends in Egypt, Syria, Bahrain, and other Middle Eastern countries.

Findings of the 41st edition of Freedom in the World, the oldest, most authoritative survey of democracy and human rights, include:

    * Fifty-four countries showed overall declines in political rights and civil liberties, compared with 40 that showed gains.

    * For the eighth consecutive year, Freedom in the World recorded more declines in democracy worldwide than gains, the longest such period in the report’s 41-year history.

    * While democracy suffered from coups and civil wars during the year, an equally significant phenomenon was the reliance on more subtle, but ultimately more effective, techniques by those who practice modern authoritarianism. Such leaders devote full-time attention to the challenge of crippling the opposition without annihilating it, and flouting the rule of law while maintaining a veneer of order, legitimacy, and prosperity.

    * Central to modern authoritarians is the capture of institutions that undergird political pluralism. They seek to dominate not only the executive and legislative branches, but also media, the judiciary, civil society, the economy, and security forces.

There were some positive signs for the year: For example, the number of electoral democracies increased by four to 122, with Honduras, Kenya, Nepal, and Pakistan achieving the designation.

In the Americas, the death in March 2013 of Venezuelan president Hugo Chávez, a significant figure in regional politics for more than a decade, brought early hopes of improvements in the country’s political rights and civil liberties environment. However, his successor, Nicolás Maduro, further weakened the independent media, reduced the opposition’s ability to serve as a check on government policy, and made threats to civil society groups.

However in Nicaragua political rights and civil liberties ratings improved due to the positive impact of consultations on proposed constitutional reforms, gradual improvements for the rights of women, and advances in efforts to combat human trafficking.

The Dominican Republic and Panamá suffered declines due to the stripping of citizenship from Dominicans of Haitian descent and the Panamanian government’s corruption problems.





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How to deal with a bad boss even if it is you

By Elizabeth Morales Coto*

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

Bad bosses are as common as gallo pinto in Costa Rica. This does not mean that they are Costa Ricans
 Ms. Morales
Elizabeth Morales Coto
or expats. But it does mean that employees are part of letting bad bosses exist. Or the bosses themselves knowingly keep on the same track every day.

I have come across may examples in my professional life, and I now see this as an improvement possibility rather than an obstacle.

Realistically speaking, if you have or you are a bad boss, there is an inherent need for improvement. It is a problem for productivity and motivation at the workplace, and, just as any other problem, it needs to be corrected.

But the real issue comes with the diagnosis. If you can`t diagnose a situation, there is no possibility of solving it. So let`s go ahead and analyze what are five major features of bad bosses.

Perhaps you can recognize one, and then take action to turn a wrong into a
right, a failure into a possibility, a weakness into a growth opportunity.

It is possible to tell you have or you are in the presence of a bad boss when some of the following take place:
     * Bad or lack of communication or expectation of mind reader abilities from the employees.

      • Avoiding responsibility for a team`s fault and taking credit for someone else`s findings.

      • Different attitudes when the big boss is in and out.


     • Bullying: Yelling, exaggeration or constant violent reprimands.

     • Over friendly situations.

     • Small or no healthy eye contact.

     • Severe negativity and critique.

So on a scale of 0-7, 0 of the above are an acceptably good boss, and a person that will more likely make improvements constant, both regarding the workforce and the business portfolio.

If one or more of the above features are present, they may be a significant sign of the need for improvement in the managing abilities of the manager.

A future column will give some great ideas on how to get a positive turn out of the 7 BAD BOSS features listed above.

Remember that one can only manage those things that can be measured. Any information to be used in decision making needs to be accurate, functional, representative and realistic. Never hesitate to ask a professional for help or guidance, and better yet, before big fires need to be put out. Remember that problems exist to be solved, and always be a part of the solution. Stay dynamic and flexible to change and adapt positively.

* Ms. Morales is an engineer with a master's of business administration specializing in business strategy and development. She is a principle in CEDAD Asesores and can be reached at info@cedadasesores.com.